Most legal restrictions are currently being lifted around the world and therefore large gatherings and planned in-person events are expected to now go ahead. Although it is exciting to be able to participate in events we’ve missed last year with people from various households again, several safety factors are crucial to keep in mind. Safety factors are not only attached to covid-19 risks, but also to a personal risk as people may have forgotten important safety measures after a year of virtual events. The following are some tips to help you stay safe when you are preparing for a fun event.
Pack to Protect
Nothing is more frustrating than having a great time at an event or festival only to discover that your bag has been slit open or your phone has vanished from your pocket. Whether you have experienced this before or just someone you know has, we have all been there, and there is no doubt the feeling is unmistakable. So, it’s always best to have the following security tips in mind.
- Consider security when you pack valuable items for event usage. Don’t list valuables on box labels or purposely mislabel them.
- Don’t put your phone and wallet in an easily zipped pocket, for example in your front pocket as it decreases the chance of someone grabbing your phone and wallet with your knowledge.
- You can consider getting a traveller’s wallet or a runner’s belt. These items will help in keeping your cash, identification, and even your phone near to your body and in a hard-to-reach location.
Car Park Security
Coming back to your parked car to discover your windows smashed or your campsite wrecked while you were at the festival could be even worse and is also experienced by many people during events. The Times has reported that vehicle thefts increased by more than 50% in 2020, which is the highest level of stolen cars, vans, and motorcycles in four years.
Therefore, make sure you never leave any valuables in your car that can be seen, and store anything out of sight in your boot or elsewhere in the car. Stolen wheels are worth a lot of money, either as parts or as trash. Your vehicle’s wheels are less likely to be stolen if you use locking wheel nuts. Most importantly, and worryingly, breaking into a vehicle can take less than 30 seconds. Thieves will usually avoid parking in well-lit places or on busy streets since they are more likely to be observed, so park in busier areas during a large event.
Recognizing a suspicious act ahead of time could not only help in avoiding a dangerous incident, whether for you or someone else. This is why remaining alert is important. Don’t get distracted while enjoying your time and forget about what and who can be surrounding you or your group of friends.
Let the Experts Help
Security for large events is a highly specialised profession with government-recognized credentials. A security breach can have very serious effects. If you have seen any suspicious person acting strangely, directly go and notify a security expert at the event or if there are any police officers. If something happens, remember, don’t panic, keep calm and go to someone who will help you. It’s a good idea to keep those security guards in your sights during the event.
Reduce any potential awkwardness
There is no doubt meeting new people will be essential in large events and communicating with new people out of your zone could happen. In general, there’s an overarching question hanging in the air: What should we do and how should we act around people now? If this is one of the causes of your newfound social awkwardness, read on for some advice on how to stay safe whilst dealing with the issues that can occur as a result of social distancing anxieties and concerns.
- Make it a point to talk about social distancing, even if it’s uncomfortable.
- If someone has a different point of view towards social distancing, offer to negotiate rather than reacting negatively.
Always follow the latest government guidelines which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus to have a fun yet safe event.